Munn Field is a mud field after heavy rains. And now tailgaters will have to go elsewhere to tailgate before the Spartan showdown with the University of Michigan.
"We don't want people on Munn Field or any of the intramural sports fields because it damages the grounds, because it's too wet," said Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor of the MSU Police Department. "We're all about green and saving where we can and so forth. So no, we don't want to damage Munn Field."
Munn is the university's largest tailgate site. It's capable of holding 14,000 people on game day.
MSU is offering four alternative sites for tailgating Saturday. Combined, they won't be able to match Munn's capacity, but should come close, said McGlothian-Taylor.
"We think the four locations will provide quite a bit of parking for individuals coming to the game," she said. "On the perfect day for a Michigan State/U of M game we might get 30,000 tailgaters, this Saturday we may not due to weather."
Fans may tailgate in the following four places Saturday:
-The lot directly west of the Breslin Center, adjacent to Harrison Rd. at the former Michigan State Police Headquarters.
-Student Parking Lot 83 on Service Rd. just east of Harrison Rd.
-Student Parking Lot 91 on Service Rd. just west of Hagadorn Rd. The parking fee at this lot includes shuttle service to the stadium from the MSU Clinical Center.
-The Student Commuter Lot at Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Rd. This is the only lot where parking is free. A shuttle to the stadium costs $4.
The parking lots open at 9 a.m. Saturday and police are encouraging people to arrive early and be patient with officers and parking attendants.